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One-Third Of New Drugs Had Safety Problems After FDA Approval

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 12:29pm

More than 70 drugs approved by the FDA from 2001 to 2010 ran into safety concerns that prompted withdrawals from the market, "black box" warnings or other actions.

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Don't Screen For Thyroid Cancer, Task Force Says

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 11:15am

A federal task force says the risks of screening outweigh benefits. Many thyroid growths never develop into dangerous cancers, and overdiagnosis can lead people to have unnecessary surgery.

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Medicare Didn't Investigate Suspicious Reports Of Hospital Infections

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 5:00am

The inspector general at Health and Human Services says Medicare should have done an in-depth review of suspicious reports from hospitals to keep them from covering up problems with infections.

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GOP Health Bill Leaves Many 'Pre-Existing Condition' Protections Up To States

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 4:10pm

Before the Affordable Care Act, people with pre-existing conditions often couldn't get health insurance — or paid sky-high premiums. The bill passed by the House last week would let states decide.

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Is A Stradivarius Violin Easier To Hear? Science Says Nope

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 3:47pm

Old Italian violins like those made by Stradivari are famous for their ability to project their sound. But a study found people in a blind test thought new violins projected better than old ones.

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Public Restrooms Become Ground Zero In The Opioid Epidemic

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 12:32pm

People often turn to public restrooms as a place to get high on opioids. It has led some establishments to close their facilities, while others are training employees to help people who overdose.

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Life Expectancy Can Vary By 20 Years Depending On Where You Live

NPR Health Blog - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 11:29am

Geographic inequality in life span is growing in the United States, with people in some counties living more than 20 years longer than those in others.

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Businesses Push Back On Paid-Sick-Leave Laws

NPR Health Blog - Sat, 05/06/2017 - 7:15am

Dozens of states and cities require businesses to offer paid sick leave. But some employers are looking for ways to pre-empt those requirements, including at the federal level.

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Measuring Drug Impairment In Drivers Is Easier Said Than Done

NPR Health Blog - Fri, 05/05/2017 - 5:00am

A report on the potential influence of alcohol or drug impairment on traffic fatalities points to the difficulty of comparing alcohol impairment standards to other drugs.

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5 Things To Watch As GOP Health Bill Moves To The Senate

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:42pm

Just three "no" votes by Senate Republicans would likely be enough to sink the GOP health bill. Democrats who lost the battle in the House are still convinced they can win the political war.

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Winners And Losers Under The House GOP Health Bill

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 4:00pm

The version of the American Health Care Act passed by the House eliminates taxes on corporations and wealthy people and shrinks Medicaid coverage. A chart breaks down who would be affected and how.

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Here Is What's In The House-Approved Health Care Bill

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 3:16pm

The House GOP's bill to replace the Affordable Care Act would all but eliminate the requirement that people buy health insurance and shrink Medicaid coverage. It also cuts taxes for the wealthy.

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To Bring Down Stubbornly High Blood Pressure, It Helps To Have A Team

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:56am

A quick prescription and annual lecture from a doctor often aren't enough to help people control hypertension. So some clinics now mobilize teams of health pros to motivate and support patients.

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Spit Test May Reveal The Severity Of A Child's Concussion

NPR Health Blog - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 5:00am

By measuring fragments of genetic material in saliva, scientists were able to accurately predict whether a young person's concussion symptoms would last days or weeks.

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House To Vote On GOP Health Care Bill Thursday With Leadership Sure Of Support

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 5:17pm

After a series of changes, including one to create federal high-risk pools, the Republicans' health care plan is headed back to the House floor for a vote. The majority leader says it will pass.

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Unfounded Autism Fears Are Fueling Minnesota's Measles Outbreak

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 4:24pm

State health officials are struggling to contain a measles outbreak that has sickened mostly Somali-American children. The vaccination rate is low in this tight community that's worried about autism.

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Understanding The History Behind Communities' Vaccine Fears

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 3:43pm

A measles outbreak in Minnesota's Somali-American community is the latest example of the challenges public health officials face in addressing deeply ingrained concerns about vaccine safety.

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Urgent Care Services For Cancer Patients Offer A Gentler ER Alternative

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:42am

Some hospitals and oncology practices are setting up urgent care sites tailored to the needs of cancer patients, to help keep them out of the emergency room when complications or side effects arise.

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As House GOP Struggles With A Health Care Bill, Republican Options Narrow

NPR Health Blog - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 5:00am

Despite pressure from the White House and GOP leaders, Republicans have not yet secured enough votes to get health care replacement through the House, let alone the Senate. So, what are their choices?

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A Child's Suffering Drives A Mother To Seek Untested Treatments

NPR Health Blog - Tue, 05/02/2017 - 2:48pm

When medication wasn't relieving her 3-year-old son's juvenile arthritis, Susannah Meadows started investigating non-medical treatments like diet and supplements.

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